Also this week: getting the most out of conference travel, “the foxes are making coffee”, and I think we can all agree that the optimal number of books to own is n+1, where n is the number you currently own.
How to choose a “framing narrative” for your next paper.
An arbitrator in Ontario has decided that Ryerson University cannot use student evaluations of teaching to assess the teaching effectiveness of instructors for purposes of tenure and promotion. (ht a correspondent)
Good interview with ecologist Amy Austin on closing the gender gap in ecology. For context, if you haven’t done so already I strongly urge you to read my post showing that, over the last three years, newly-hired TT N. American asst. profs in ecology and allied fields have been 57% women. Many ecologists are unaware of this. That number is of course just one piece of the puzzle, but I think it’d be better if all ecologists were aware of it. The more we know about the current system-level state of affairs regarding diversity and equity in academic ecology, the more effectively we’ll be able to pursue the vital work of continuing to improve diversity and equity.
Here’s an amusing experiment that illustrates one reason for that arbitration decision (ht @kjhealy). I selflessly volunteer my own classes to replicate this
delicious chocolatey important study. In the comments, feel free to make your own “TREATment” jokes. 🙂
Switching to SAT-optional undergraduate admissions policies seems to have no effect on any attributes of the admitted students in the US.
Multa novit vulpes (although I get my caffeine from soda rather than coffee):
It me. And I bet it you, too. 🙂
I loved this interview with Marlene Zuk! Here are some parts I especially liked:
Even people who completely understand the level of nuance in ecology will then develop very simplistic ideas like this. You hear things like “males are just naturally better at math.” What does that even mean?
You can’t ever do that experiment. You can’t ever raise boys and girls in an environment where you treat them exactly the same and then you see what emerges.
I’m not arguing that every single difference is culturally imposed, but you have so much interaction between the social influence and biology, that they’re impossible to disentangle. So I have gotten really interested in how that is all working. But people love assuming these differences are inherent, because that is easier.